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Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Travel Fellowships - 2024

Funding Opportunity for Full-and Part-Time Faculty

Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Travel Fellowships - 2024

The Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation has issued the annual call for applications for travel fellowships. This opportunity is for teachers at the college or university level to improve and enhance the quality of their instruction, and to do so in a location other than that which they are most closely associated. 

Recent grantees from Salem State:

  •  2015
    • Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Noel Healy, Geography and Sustainability
    • Francesca Pomerantz, Childhood Education and Care
  • 2016
    • Julie Whitlow, English
    • Melanie Gonzalez, Secondary and Higher Education
  • 2017
    • Lucinda Damon-Bach, English
    • Peter Sampieri, Theater and Speech Communication
  • 2018
    • Jeff Driskell, Social Work
    • Forrest Rogers, Criminal Justice
  • 2019
    • Vanessa Ruget, Politics, Policy, and International Relations
  • 2020
    • Rebecca Hains, Media and Communication
    • Meghan McLyman, Music and Dance
    • Sara Moore, Sociology
    • Elspeth Slayter, Social Work
  • 2021
    • Laurie Dickstein-Fischer, School Counseling
  • 2022
    • Keith Ratner, Geography and Sustainability 
  • 2023
    • Jeff Driskell, Social Work

Important dates:

  • Application deadline: Friday, January 5, 2024 at 5:00pm
  • Award notification: Monday, April 8, 2024


  • Applicants must be employed as a teacher at a New England-based college or university.
  • Grants are primarily for travel and related expenses and not as salary substitutes, scholarships, or grants in aid.

Award background:

  • Grants typically range from $1,500 to $6,000 and primarily support travel and related expenses
  • In 2023, the Whiting trustees received 104 applications and made 42 awards (from 21 different schools) total $256,409.52, or approximately $6,105 per scholarship.
  • The foundation aims to "broaden the minds of teachers so as to improve and enhance the quality of their instruction."

2024 application requirements:

As with all grants, applications for Whiting Fellowships must be submitted via the Grants office. Both full- and part-time faculty are welcome to apply. All grant funding is awarded to Salem State, to be distributed to the faculty grantee.

  • Applications must include:
    • Project description of no more than 3 pages
    • CV (short form) showing the applicant to be a university teacher or a graduate of a college or university progressing toward a teaching career on the college or university level.
    • Detailed budget indicating the estimated travel expenses to be incurred in carrying out the project. (Equipment and materials are not permissible expenses.)
    • Completed candidate information form (click here to download form from Polaris)
    • Two letters of recommendation from fellow faculty members, professors, or similar persons, one of which must be from the dean of faculty or the chairperson of the candidate's department, who can speak to both the candidate and the project. Supporting letters must be on official SSU letterhead.

See Polaris for full instructions and FAQs.

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Jessica Cook
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